The True Meaning of the American Slang Word Ratchets

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The word Ratchet has become an American slang word that has the younger generations incorporating the word into their daily vocabulary. The word has been heard in songs used mainly in rap. Ratchet is often referred to as women acting ghetto, or sloppy; however, there is no correct term for the word. When doing a search for the word, many definitions appear, most having the similar meaning. According to Webster’s dictionary, the official definition a device made up of a wheel or bar with many teeth along its edge in between which a piece fits so that the wheel or bar can move only in one direction .Yet, the term is still a word that people are trying to determine the meaning. Because of the lack of definition, some people are unsure how to incorporate the word into a sentence. The slang term ratchet has become more widely used on social media. On Twitter and Instagram alone, there are over three million hashtags referencing the term.. Slang words now can be used into a word and possibly become a word that still has yet to find a meaning. My interaction with the word takes place at work where the word has evolved into becoming an everyday word, toward the meaning of the word and how social media uses ratchet.
The first time I had ever heard the word ratchet was at my work at Surrender. It was being referred toward a girl who was drunk, the exact sentence was, “Man that girl is acting really ratchet, and she is all over the place.” Having no idea what the word meant, I let it go. As time went on, I started to hear it more and more as for the word seemed to be everywhere by then. Discovering that Ratchet was only being used toward at Women who are acting obnoxious, I had a pretty good assumption of what the word meant. The word would...

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...rds seems to be a growing trend that is transforming from the computer vocabulary to our everyday speaking vocabulary. This slang word will eventually become an English word that you will be able to find in a dictionary with a corrected definition, leaving thoughts if people will still use it as their own term or to the correct term to whatever it becomes too because this word already has a defined meaning toward It being used as a tool. Usage of words have also changed, so a 2nd defined word will quickly be under this and the 2nd definition will be used a lot more frequent than the tool rarely gets used as. In a matter of time slang words will soon become just another word that will be used in our modern English vocabulary thus for killing the original words that were once thought to be irreplaceable. Choosing to use these slang words or not is our choice now.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the word ratchet has become an american slang word that has the younger generations incorporating it into their daily vocabulary.
  • Describes how they heard the word ratchet at their work at surrender, which was referred to as ghetto and sloppy. it was used in a bad way to call out the person who was heavily intoxicated or acting inappropriate.
  • Analyzes the meaning of ratchet under the hashtag on social media, stating that it is meant in a negative way to show that someone is being referred to as dirty or sloppy again toward women.
  • Describes how a youtube video called "ratchet girl anthem" was created to show some women that the way that they carry themselves isn't always cute.
  • Opines that slang words are a growing trend that is transforming from the computer vocabulary to our everyday speaking vocabulary.
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